Celebrating Aldus Manutius (1449–1515), the Italian humanist scholar who founded the Aldine Press at Venice. His publishing legacy includes scholarly editions of classical authors, the introduction of italic type, and the development of books in small formats that were read much like modern paperbacks. The Aldine Press was continued after his death by his son and grandson until 1598.
The John Rylands Library holds one of the largest collections of Aldine editions, many of these coming from the Spencer library, purchased by Mrs Rylands in 1892. The spotlight will be turned on local collectors, from Bishops to mill-owners and gynaecologists, and explores how they looked to the texts of Renaissance Venice for education and instruction.
(Picture: John Rylands Library)